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United States: The District Court of Massachussetts dismisses suit filed against a dominant cable operator regarding network’s television affiliation (WHDH-TV v. Comcast)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. In a judgment dated 16 May 2016, the Massachusetts District Court dismissed the complaint of WHDH-TV, a local television station, which accused the large national network NBC, controlled by the company Comcast, of not renewing its affiliation contract with the channel (WHDH-TV v. Comcast Corp. , --- F.Supp.3d ---- 2016). The local station alleged that NBC and Comcast had violated Section 2 of the Sherman Act, since the refusal to renew the contract should be considered an act of monopolization. Comcast is the leader in several geographical areas of the United States in the cable pay-TV market. However, the non-renewal of the contract was presented by

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Jean-Christophe Roda, United States: The District Court of Massachussetts dismisses suit filed against a dominant cable operator regarding network’s television affiliation (WHDH-TV v. Comcast), 16 May 2016, Concurrences Nº 3-2016, Art. N° 80935, pp. 186-188

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